Republican Members of the Illinois delegation to Congress, most of whom vocally supported California Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy were in shock and the party in a state of chaos after McCarthy announced he would not run for Speaker of the House. For some, like southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost, it seems like deja vu all over again.
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McCarthy made the surprise announcement Thursday, saying his withdrawal is the best thing for the party. Some Republican members of California's delegation say Wisconsin's Paul Ryan is the next logical choice for Speaker, but he doesn't want the post because of how hard it would be on his family.